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Lebowa means "North", and thus by implication the home of the Northern Sotho people - in contrast to Lesotho and QwaQwa which is the home of the southern Sotho.
Lebowa was granted internal self-government in 1972.
Lebowa was located in the central part of the northern Transvaal, with two main compactly shaped parts in today's Limpopo province and one small uncompact enclave in today's Mpumalanga province.
It ceased to exist as a political entity on 27. April 1994 and has been incorporated into South Africa.
Its flag and license plates are no longer in use.